Considering marrying in Spain? Here is what you can expect, when to go and what you'll need to know...

MARRYING ABROAD: THE PAPERWORK YOU WILL NEED BEFORE YOU LEAVE THE UK

When to go? April, May, September and October; it's preferable to avoid the heat of July and August.

What to expect Pretty coves and beaches

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Need to know Proof of local residency, or empadronamiento, is required for a civil wedding, which means one of you must own a property or live permanently in Spain. As a result, people tend to marry legally in the UK first. Ceremonies which are held in a Catholic church are recognised as legal and don't require residency, but paperwork can take as long as five months.

The expert Susannah Garcia, Mr & Mrs Smith, www.mrandmrssmith.com